Come to the Feast

Come to the Feast

At last the dishes were set on, and grace was said. It was succeeded by a breathless pause, as Mrs Cratchit, looking slowly all along the carving-knife, prepared to plunge it in the breast; but when she did, and when the long expected gush of stuffing issued forth, one murmur of delight arose all-round the board, and even Tiny Tim, excited by the two young Cratchits, beat on the table with the handle of his knife, and feebly cried Hurrah!

There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn't believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration. Eked out by apple-sauce and mashed potatoes, it was a sufficient dinner for the whole family; indeed, as Mrs Cratchit said with great delight (surveying one small atom of a bone upon the dish), they hadn't ate it all at last! Yet everyone had had enough, and the youngest Cratchits in particular, were steeped in sage and onion to the eyebrows!
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
Chapter 3

I rather suspect that feasting is a universal to celebration. The Burtrams feast well. Like many of you, we have particular dishes that must be served at Christmas. Over the years I have collected special recipes from friends and my vast library of cookbooks and magazines (of course I never throw away the holiday issues.)

Christmas Breakfast

Shrimp and egg casserole – It borders on heresy to suggest we forego this breakfast offering.
Doughnuts (fried biscuits) – We fry four cans of refrigerator biscuits with not a crumb remaining at the end of breakfast.
Fruit Salad

Shrimp Curried Eggs (click for recipe)

Christmas Dinner

Always a roast beast of some kind. One of our favorites is pork roast.  Click here for recipes.

Glazed Pork Roast
Potato-Cheese Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole


Of course it should be eaten first. Along with the recipes below, we have pecan pie, pumpkin pie and a host of cookies—no plot them on the cookie sheet cookies, cookies carefully formed with love for Christmas.

Chocolate Pecan Pie
The must have cookies include snickerdoodles, peanut butter cookies, peanut blossoms (chocolate kiss cookie) and recipes here:
Pecan Sandies
New England Gingersnaps
Almond Snowcaps
Sugar Glazed Walnuts
Microwave Peanut Brittle

So here you have a sampling of the Burtram feast. I love preparing for our Christmas feast.

Celebrating is GOOD. Celebrate the coming of Christ Jesus, our Lord with enthusiastic joy and feasting.

An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2: 9 - 1

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